Sparkle Unleashed Review
Sparkle Unleashed Review
Sparkle Unleashed is a brand new marble shooter game from developer 10tons. If this is your first time hearing about 10tons, then you probably don’t know that they’ve made quite a few Sparkle games in the past, all very successful marble shooters as well. Marble shooters are basically just a different style of match 3 game where marbles are pushed along a path until they get to the end. It’s your job to shoot marbles of same colour at the chain and match them in order to have them disappear off the tracks before they reach the end. Sparkle Unleashed has 108 levels, 18 unlockable power-ups, and both a story and survival mode.
The goal is to shoot orbs from your glorified catapult to create matches of three or more. in previous Sparkle titles, the catapult was fixed to one spot, but now can be moved along the bottom of the screen to allow the player an alternate perspective as they chase different lines of orbs across the screen.
The gameplay is intuitive, and the tutorial pop ups do a good job of explaining each new power up and challenge orb (chained orbs, scorched orbs, etc.) as they appear.
There’s actually a lot to like about Sparkle Unleashed. As yet I haven’t played the previous games but this one feels very solid. The ability to gain power ups is quite nice and I like the fact that you gain them while you play and you don’t have to load up on them before the game starts. I also really like that the game has a back story to it and an actual quest, though attention to the quest is by no means required.
Graphically the game looks very good. It has very crisp, realistic graphics, though the colour pallet is a tiny bit on the dark side. The audio is also quite nice. There’s nothing too crazy or exciting about the sound effects but the music has a fantasy feel. It has a relaxing quality to it which seems to fit well for a game like this and, to be perfectly honest, it’s nice to have another game that takes a break from the norm of loud effect over uninteresting music. In summary, the soundtrack is therapeutic, but gripping. The tune will be buzzing around your head for days.
Sparkle Unleashed is fairly easy going at first, but later on things heat up. Soon enough there are multiple strings of orbs on screen at once and things get much trickier. By that point though, most players will know what to expect and be able to handle it. The wide range of power-ups definitely helps. There is also a leveling-up system that unlocks new power-ups at regular points. It’s a smart enough system to maintain the player’s interest.
Throw in a thrilling soundtrack and Sparkle Unleashed is a fine example of a simple, yet captivating puzzle game.
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